Student or Learner
Please explain the following in bold in easy English.
Unfortunately, as managers of people we often feel like the speaker who was met with less than a resounding welcome and said, "In the words of Willie J. Shakespeare, it's nice to be among friends... even if they are somebody else's." So many times managers and their employees almost seem to work at developing an adversarial relationship.
Is it saying "it's nice to be among friends even if they are not my friends?" It sounds strange. Who are the friends who are somebody else's friends?
Basically it is saying it is good to be amongst people who are friendly towards you or your business and not faced with enemies or people hostile to you and your business.